The Club


On May 22nd, 1971, a gathering at the home of Brian and Pat Dyson was held to gain support for the formation of the Rottweiler Club of Victoria. The emblem selected to represent the newly formed Club was that of the German town Rottweil. The aim of this Club is to protect and promote the Rottweiler. The first General Meeting was held on June 25th, 1971, 32 people were in attendance. Elected to Office were:
President: Tony Syme Vice Presidents: Brian Dyson and Peter Wilson
Secretary: David Slater Patron: Fred Watkins

Club Presidents and Secretaries from Inception to Time of Print


1971 – 1979 Tony Syme / Brian Dyson
1979/80 Di Taylor / Pat Hall
1980/81 Di Taylor / Jan Dyson
1981 – 1983 Di Taylor / Pat Hall
1983/84 Gail Terry / Nola Togg Jan Dyson
1984/85 Robert Allen / Pat Hall
1985/86 Robert Allen / Pat Hall/Judy Harris
1986/87 Robert Allen / Judy Harris
1987 – 1989 Di Taylor / Jenny Woodman
1989 – 1991 Di Taylor / Helen Read
1991/92 Shirley Burt / Jenny Woodman Helen Read
1992 – 1996 Jenny Woodman / Helen Read
1996 – 1997 Nick Sampsonidis /L. Scott/M. Rosewarne
1997 – 1998 Glenys Stansfield / M. Shaw
1998 – 2001 Dan Johnson / Sharon Ryan
2001 – 2002 Nicole Abel / Samantha Bradley
2002 – 2003 David Blackwell / Michael Burns
2003 – 2004 David Blackwell / Julie Clarke
2005-2006 David Blackwell/Pauline Vicino
2006-2007 Mick Svaljek/Pauline Vicino
2007-2008 Mick Svaljek/Julie Clark & Annette Slavin
2008-2012 Michael McMahon/Annette Slavin
2012 – 2013 Andrew Kingdom & Michael McMahon/Cathy Patterson
2013 – 2014 Michael McMahon/Annette Slavin
2014-2015 John Baird/Annette Slavin

2016-2017 Shaun Tankard / Debbie Donald

The first Match (Parade) was held on July 30th, 1972 – entry of 47
The first Championship Show was held on March 25th, 1973 – entry of 61.

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The Rottweiler Club of Victoria Inc…

  • Has over 300 Members and is a strong united Breed Club.
  • Provides an opportunity to learn about the Rottweiler Breed.
  • Provides Obedience Training on a weekly basis for Rottweiler owners.
  • Has up to date Breed Records and History Books. This enables you to do research prior to breeding or to investigate your dog's pedigree.
  • Provides an excellent bi-monthly magazine called "ON GUARD".
  • Provides a Members Handbook to help with aspects of owning, breeding, showing, feeding, trailling your Rottweiler.
  • Provides clear guidelines for Club Members to follow in By-Laws and Code of Ethics.
  • Conducts annual Championship Shows, Open Show and Obedience Trial. Regular Members Competitions, Fun Days and social activities are also organised.
  • Helps you with problems.
  • Has an open register for Hip Dysplasia / Elbow Dysplasia/Dentition / Eyes
  • Brings in Specialist Judges and holds seminars, and produces written critiques from Championship Shows.
  • Invites all Club Members to contribute in any way they can to help the club educate the public about Rottweilers.
  • Provides wonderful trophies and sashes for RCV shows,  and point score shows and provides a sash for all members whose dogs have gained a title in any year. Enables advertising of your forthcoming litters through the club magazine, website and through the puppy enquiries officer. (Provided all requirements are met.)Encourages competition and the sharing of information and provides an opportunity to mix with people with the same interest.
  • Holds General Meetings so Members are aware of what is happening in their Club and so those Members can become involved in decision making and administration of their Club.
  • Provides a rehoming referral service for members.
  • Has a Litter Referral service for people wanting to purchase a quality Rottweiler puppy.
  • Has a Stud Dog Referral service.

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Code of Ethics

All members of the Rottweiler Club of Victoria Inc. are bound by the Code of Ethics and undertaking as set out by the Victorian Canine Association Inc.

As a member of the Rottweiler Club of Victoria Inc., I agree that I will abide by the following Code of Ethics and I clearly understand that to breach the Code could lead to disciplinary action under the By-Laws and Constitution of the Club.

  1. I shall ensure that at all times all dogs under my control are properly housed, fed, watered, exercised and receive proper Veterinary attention, if and when required.
  2. I shall not allow any dogs under my care to roam at large and when away from home will ensure they are kept fully leashed or under effective control at all times.
  3. I shall breed only for the purpose of improving the standard of the breed, and not for the pet market or any other commercial purpose.
  4. I shall not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers, or directly or indirectly allow a dog to be given as a prize or donation in a contest of any kind.
  5. I shall not breed from any bitch used, owned, kept or leased by me nor shall I use a dog used owned, kept or leased by me that does not comply with the breeding requirements set out in this clause or as prescribed by the RCV Inc. from time to time. I shall ensure that the RCV Inc. is provided, prior to the publication of registration, with satisfactory hip, eye and dental certificates of each Rottweiler used in the breeding. The breeding requirements include:
    Bitch: 22 months of age or has reached 24 months at whelping and less than 7 years 10 months of age or 8 years at whelping. Subsequent matings to be at least 9 months from previous whelping date. Provided however, that should it be necessary through extenuating circumstances to breed from the bitch within 12 months, I shall rest the bitch on the third season.
    Dog: Not before reaching 18 months of age.
    I shall not permit any of my pure bred dogs to be mated to a dog of a different breed, to a cross-breed dog, or to an unregistered dog of the same breed.
  6. I shall not sell or otherwise transfer from my care any puppy under eight weeks of age, thus allowing for vaccination to be given at six weeks of age, and the necessary ten to fourteen days for the vaccine to take effect.
  7. I shall ensure that all persons acquiring dogs from me clearly understand their responsibility or the care and welfare of the animal, and that they have the time and facilities (ie, adequate fences, sufficient room and proper shelter, etc.) to perform their obligations.
  8. I shall not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise, or mislead any person regarding the performance of any dog.
  9. I shall provide to all purchasers of dogs sold or place by me written details of all dietary and immunisation requirements and/or an appropriate publication relating to such requirements and responsible dog ownership.
  10. I shall ensure that when selling or transferring a dog to another person that documents as required by the VCA Inc. Rules and Regulations will be provided to the purchaser or transferee.
  11. I agree to keep accurate records of stock, matings and pedigrees and to register my breeding stock and puppies with the VCA Inc.

Any member who has been in violation of the By-Laws and/or Code of Ethics shall have recourse to the Committee of the RCV Inc.

Disqualifying faults are as listed in the current FCI Standard for the Rottweiler. All animals that display disqualifying faults are ineligible for breeding

In accordance with the accepted FCI Standard all departures from the Standard as written shall be considered faults. The seriousness with which the fault is regarded should be considered with the possible effect breeding with such an animal may have on the progeny and the Rottweiler breed and in the exact proportion to its degree.

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  1. The Annual Subscription shall be determined in accordance with Clause 44 of the Constitution, and shall be in respect of the period 1st July to 30th June. A joining fee shall be charged for new memberships. That joining fee shall include the information book.
    The Annual Subscription shall be:
    Single Member $40.00
    Dual Member $50.00
    Junior Member $ 5.00
    Overseas/Interstate $40.00
  2. The Office Bearers shall consist of:
    Two (2) Vice Presidents
    Assistant Secretary
    The Committee of the Club shall consist of not more than twelve (12) persons.
  3. The quorum for a meeting shall be:
    Committee Meeting – 50% of the members of Committee
    General Meeting of Members – ten (10) financial members
  4. The Membership of the Club shall consist of:
    Ordinary Membership;
    Joint Membership
    Life Member (any person may be nominated as a Life Member of the Club, in recognition of services rendered to the Club, or services rendered towards any of the objects of the Club);
    Overseas and Interstate Membership;
    Junior Membership (any person under the age of 16 years of age may be a Junior Member of the Club, but shall cease to be a Junior Member at the end of the Financial Year in which he/she attains their sixteenth year).
  5. To be President, Secretary or Treasurer of the Rottweiler Club of Victoria Inc. a person must serve twelve (12) months on Committee prior.
  6. Any person named on Dual Membership forms are each entitled to a vote.
  7. All members other than Junior Members are entitled to a vote.
  8. Any motion which affects or changes the Club Code of Ethics (or Code of Behaviour) or HD Scheme regulations or By-Laws of the Club or freedom of action of members in relation to breeding shall be subject to Notice of at least twenty-eight (28) days.
  9. Hip Dysplasia
    The Rottweiler Club approved Hip Scoring Scheme is the accepted method for evaluating Hip Status for the Rottweiler Club of Victoria Inc.
  10. Breeding Age at Breeding:
    Dog – Not younger than 18 months
    Bitch – Not younger than 24 months at time of whelping
    Stud service will be refused to any bitch under 22 months or which is in poor health or has serious faults.
    Repeat service will be allowed within the following 12 months, where a bitch has failed to conceive after being bred, if the stud is still available and in good health and at such time and place as mutually agreed to by the owner of the bitch and the owner of the stud dog.
  11. Placement of Rottweilers
    Buyers of puppies or adult dogs will receive accurate health, breeding and registration records and a three generation pedigree. Registration papers may be withheld by adhering to V.C.A. Inc. Rules and Regulations.
  12. Placement of Rottweilers
    The Sales Agreement supplied by the Rottweiler Club of Victoria inc. will be used with any sale or purchase involving a Rottweiler. Where a written Sales Agreement is not prepared the conditions of the Sales Agreement are deemed to be included.
  13. Enforcement
    Upon receipt of sufficient written proof of violations of the Code of Ethics or By-Laws, the Committee of the Rottweiler Club of Victoria Inc. may proceed with an investigation into the alleged violations and take appropriate action.
    In all matters of Common Meeting Procedure the book -"Law and Procedure at Meetings- Australia and New Zealand" (Joske) shall be used.

Passed by a special meeting of members 1/11/90.
Accepted by the VCA Inc (then KCC) on 12/12/90.
Updated and passed by Members 12/5/94.

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Discipline Procedure for Breach of Code of Ethics

In the event of a breach of the Code of Ethics by a Member of the Rottweiler Club of Victoria Inc. the following will apply:

  1. First Offence. Standard letter asking for explanation, reply to be within 28 days.
  2. If reply received with satisfactory explanation, no action will be taken at this time. The Committee may/may not consider the breach to be significantly minor and may / may not determine that the breach will be listed as a first offence. If the breach is significantly major it must be recorded as a first offence.
  3. If no reply is received, a letter is sent informing the Member they have been fined $20.00 (maximum amount that can be imposed for a breach of the Club rules) to be paid within 28 days. Failure to pay fine could result in non-renewal of membership.
  4. Second Offence. Standard letter asking for explanation, reply to be within 28 days. The Committee may / may not consider the breach to be significantly minor and may / may not determine that the breach will be listed as a second offence. If the breach is significantly major it must be recorded as a second offence and a letter is sent informing the Member they have again breached the Code of Ethics and a fine of $20.00 is imposed, payable within 28 days. No explanation of the second offence will also result in a fine of $20.00 being imposed. Failure to pay the fine could result in non-renewal of membership.
  5. Third Offence. The Member is notified by mail that their membership may be suspended or may not be renewed for a period to be determined by Committee.

Passed by Members January General Meeting, 1993, effective as of 1st March, 1993.
Updated and again passed, November General Meeting, 1995.

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Tarquinian Apache AOC Honour Roll

(Formerly the John Stewart Honour Roll)

Presented by the Rottweiler Club of Victoria

Awarded at the Rottweiler Club of Victoria's Annual Obedience Trial in July

To be awarded each year to the dog or bitch that has achieved the highest level of working that year. This is a perpetual trophy and is presented at the Rottweiler Club of Victoria Inc. Trial following the closing date of the competition. The trophy was renamed Tarquinian Apache AOC Honour Roll in honour of the first Australian Obedience Champion Rottweiler, owned by John Stewart. The first three passes towards any title are eligible. Competition year is from 1st January to 31st December.


The Committee's decision is final. ORDER OF ACHIEVEMENT


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